The Zoning Bylaw regulates land uses that have a unique impact on surrounding properties, such as Body Rub Centres.
On March 18, 2013, City Council passed Bylaw 16370, which amended the Zoning Bylaw as follows:
- Creates a new definition for "Body Rub Centres"
- Adds a 100 metre separation distance between Body Rub Centres and Schools, Parks, Child Care Centres, Temporary Shelters, and Extended Medical Treatment Centres
- Prohibits Body Rub Centres from locating on sites containing housing, bars, or pubs
- Addresses potential safety concerns by requiring that Body Rub Centres meet Crime Prevention Through Environment Design criteria
During March 18, 2013 City Council Public Hearing, Council directed Administration to return to Executive Committee with details on the impacts of the following options to further restrict Body Rub Centres
- The effects of business licensing
- The implications of greater separation distances between Body Rub Centres and sensitive land uses
- The implications of restricting Body Rub Centres from locating on the ground floor of buildings
- Other means of addressing the concentration of Body Rub Centres
Amendments to Zoning Bylaw 12800 were approved by City Council on March 18, 2013.